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Alex is a founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures. He is passionate about working with seed and early stage entrepreneurs and companies. Alex currently focuses on anything and everything mobile and all software that creates value for customers in the B2B space. He thinks that the transformation of IT from vertical stove pipes to a true horizontal utility will create unprecedented opportunities for value creation over the next couple of decades. Alex writes a blog at alexmendez.org. Mobile investments include Cellfire (digital coupon distribution platform), Flint Mobile (mobile payment solution for micro merchants), and MiCel (post paid mobile voice/data services). Alex was also one of the first investors and board members of Airespace (enterprise WLAN platforms; acquired by Cisco). Software investments include Rafter, fka BookRenter, (higher education course materials platform), and Restorando (mobile and online reservations for Latam market). Prior investments include Qumu (video management platform, acquired by Rimage), and Sanera Systems (director class SAN switch, acquired by McData). Alex served as a public board member at Mcdata. He is also an advisor to Rearden Commerce. Prior to Storm Ventures, he spent twenty-one years in networking and computing at ROLM, IBM, Stratacom, and Cisco in several executive positions. He was part of the founding team at Stratacom, which Cisco acquired ($4.3 billion) in 1996. He was a SVP/GM during Cisco’s high growth era (1996-2000), where sales grew from $4B to $20B, employees from 8,000 to 40,000 and 63 companies were acquired. Alex holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and speaks both Spanish and German fluently. He is an avid pilot, golfer and skier, and enjoys traveling.